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Current Affairs of 20th July

Anjali Singh, Published On:20-Jul-2019

                       Current affairs

1.The International Police Conference-2019 was organised on 19th July and the theme of the event was ‘Challenges to strengthen peace and security’. 

  • The event will end on 20th July, 2019.
  • The Manufacturers and technology players from 25 countries have participated in the event.

2.India and China is going to organise the annual joint army exercise which will be held in December at Umroi, near Shillong.


  • The two ­week long company ­level exercise will take place in the second half of December.
  • The planning conference is made to finalise the modalities which is going to be held in August. 

3.The Municipal Corporation of Jammu has passed a resolution to declare the birth anniversary of Dogra monarch Maharaja Hari Singh on September 23 which will be considered as a State holiday.

  • This resolution is passed to pay tributes to people killed during his rule in 1931 in the valley.

4.The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is passed by lok sabha by voice vote.


  • The Bill includes the process of appointment of Chairperson and members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) including the chairperson of the National Commission for Backward Classes, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities as members of the NHRC. 

5.Indian Army has successfully done summer trials of third Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile NAG at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges. 

  • The trials of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed Missile, were conducted between July 7-18, 2019. 
  • NAG missile has been developed to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in all weather conditions with day and night capabilities and with a minimum range of 500 metres and maximum range of four kilometres. 
  • It is a third-generation fire and forget class missile and uses an imaging infrared seeker in lock-on-before-launch mode.

6.Global Innovation Index (GII) is launched by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways Piyush Goyal on 24th July, 2019. 

  • The launch of GII will reveal the innovation rankings of economies and the findings for this year. It will be the 12th edition of GII with 129 countries. 
  • The GII works according to a theme every year to track global innovation. The theme of 2019 is  “Evaluating the Medical Innovation Scenario of the Next Decade”.The aim is to highlight the role and dynamics of medical innovation in order to understand how it can form the future of healthcare and the potential impact.

            Appointment and Resignation

7.The Private Secretary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is Vivek Kumar who is currently Director of the Prime Minister’s Office. 

  • Mr. Vivek Kumar, replaces Sanjeev Kumar Singla, who is taking over as India’s Ambassador to Israel. 

8.Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, a wartime commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, resigned when he was suspected before a war crimes court in The Hague


                      Important Days

9.July 18 is observed as International day of Nelson Mandela Day.

  • It is an annual international day adopted by the United Nations. 
  • It is a global movement to take his life’s work into a new era and change our world for the better. Mandela Day advise us to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” 
  • The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.


10.All rounder of England Ben Stokes has been nominated for the prestigious 'New Zealander of the Year' award alongside Kane Williamson.

  • Ben Stokes produced a superlative performance at the World Cup. 

11.Prithu Gupta became the country’s 64th Grandmaster in chess.


  • The 15 years, four months and 10 days Prithu Gupta, have all technical stipulations which is needed to be a GM following the fourth round of the Portugese League.

12.In the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar alongwith South African pace legend Allan Donald  has been inducted. 

  • Tendulkar became the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, after Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. 
Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information bureau website 

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